Memphis Wrongful Death Lawyer
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At Donati Law, PLLC, our team is committed to defending the rights of individuals who have suffered the loss of loved ones in avoidable accidents. Because our legal team understands the hardships and various expenses a family can face after the death of a loved one, our team works diligently to provide top-tier legal services in the quickest amount of time possible.
What is Considered Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is when somebody is killed because of another person or entity's negligence or misconduct.
Have you lost a loved one and believe their death was caused by the negligent, reckless, or careless actions of another? Contact our Memphis wrongful death attorneys now!
Understanding Wrongful Death
According to Tennessee Code Annotated section 20-5-106, wrongful death is a death that is caused by the “wrongful act, omission, or killing by another” person or by injuries received by another individual. In Tennessee, wrongful death claims are treated as special types of personal injury cases, in which injured individuals are not able to bring their own cases to court. Rather, the right to bring a claim to court is passed to specific family member or to personal representatives of the deceased individual’s estate.
Who Can File a Claim in Court?
In the state of Tennessee, only certain family members of the deceased person or the representative of the estate can file a wrongful death claim. First, the right to file a claim belongs to the deceased person’s spouse. If a surviving spouse does not exist, the claim may move to the following individuals:
- Surviving children
- Representative of the deceased individual's estate
- Surviving parents, if the deceased individual was dependent on her or his parent at the time of death
- Administrator of the deceased individual’s estate, if the deceased individual was a dependent at the time of passing
It is important to keep in mind that Tennessee’s statute of limitations state that all wrongful death cases must be brought to court within a year of the date of the deceased individual’s death. If the case is not filed within the year, the court will not hear the case and the family members may lose the opportunity to pursue monetary compensation.
Donati Law, PLLC is Ready to Fight for Your Rights
Id you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to another person or entity’s actions, it is crucial that you contact our Memphis wrongful death lawyers immediately. Our team can help you understand what damages you and your family may be able to collect. Because our legal team has helped numerous individuals in situations similar to yours, we are confident in our ability to pursue justice for you.
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